When someone tells you they have baggage maybe it’s just their perception of what baggage is? Baggage is what you make it! If you have too much baggage then perhaps your traveling through life a tad bit on the heavy side. You need to lighten your load.
Lets start by defining bag-gage.
1. trunk, suitcases, ect., used in traveling; luggage. (I am not talking about this kind of baggage)
2. things that encumber ones freedom, progress, development or adaptability; impediments: intellectual baggage that keeps one from thinking clearly; neurotic conflicts that arise from struggling from too much emotional baggage.
Regardless of what kind of baggage you hold onto whether it be intellectual or material it is always a good idea to purge or ‘let go’ of it every so often to feel like you are traveling free on your path in life. It’s like the difference between traveling with carry on bags or a entourage of suitcases. It’s your choice.
I had a visit with an incredible woman whom I don’t get to see as often as I would like, Jan. Within about 15 minutes of our visit she told me how she had recently dealt with the loss of possessions in a house fire. Her positive lookout was so inspiring to me that I will be planning a sleepover so we can continue our conversation. She told me she was surprised that when she lost her material ‘luggage’ or ‘possesions’ she felt like she had a huge weight lifted off her shoulders. She was able to disconnect with the material aspect of owning ‘things’. She had a fresh outlook on life. By releasing the connection with ‘stuff’ she also was able to clear her slate of any other baggage she had been carrying around for years. All I could think was wow what a great attitude and way to look at loss.
It is the memories that live within us that are so important, so we should be able to let go of the material stuff easily. But this is not easy for some. Quite difficult actually. Some peoples lives are defined by their stuff. Others travel through life seaching for moments, weightless which is exactly where I want to be. Searching for moments to make memories. That’s the kind of stuff I don’t want to live without.